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The House voted 54-41 in favor the bill by author Sen. Ronnie Johns, R-Lake Charles. The Senate previously voted in favor 22-14.

“Let’s allow these corporate citizens to compete and not handcuff them,” he said.

That is why local economic officials strongly supported the measure, even speaking to the state’s Riverboat Economic Development and Gaming Task Force about making the changes as far back as December 2017.

A restriction that currently keeps the facilities to no more than 30,000 square feet of gambling space would be replaced with a cap on gambling positions — essentially the number of seats in front of slot machines and table games — at 2,365.

However, when compared to 2010 numbers, direct employment and support jobs had both dropped 36 percent each by 2015. Admissions had fallen 13 percent, and the number of visitors and their spending both fell by 19 percent in the same year.

Changes are coming to Louisiana’s gaming thanks to passage of legislation Tuesday.

State Rep. Dodie Horton, R-Haughton, voted for the measure because of the importance the gaming industry in Bossier Parish and that her constituents ae in favor of the changes.

“Although I did not vote to allow riverboat gaming to come to Bossier City, the majority of (my constituents) did and the boats’ financial impact on our city, parish, and state are significant. In Dist. 9 alone, we have over 6,000 people employed at one of the casinos and this cannot be ignored,” Horton said on a Facebook post. “I also polled all 1,553-plus (of Dist. 9) who have downloaded the Your Vote app and the result of the poll showed 89 percent in favor of updating the gaming facilities in order for this industry to be more competitive with other states and to be able to offer patrons a better experience.”

Sen. Barrow Peacock, R-Bossier City, stated his support while the bill was in the Senate, saying the riverboats in his region offer thousands of jobs with “wonderful salaries.”

The House’s approval of Senate Bill 316 would allow the state’s riverboat casinos to move onshore and rework their gambling space.

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